Thursday, September 24, 2015

Signal Boost For a Post About Diversity in Sci-Fi Romance

Via Spacefreighters Lounge, Greta van der Rol put out a call for diverse science fiction romances in Diversity pops up its head – again:

But I'm not the only one who has written racially diverse SFR stories. Science fiction is such a wonderful genre for "diverse" stories. I particularly enjoyed Elizabeth Moon's books Rules of Engagement and Once a Hero, from the Serrano series. She paints a picture of worlds colonised by splinter groups. In our SFR niche, SJ Pajonas  writes SFR with a decidedly Japanese flavour. PJ Dean writes racially diverse books. Please feel free to suggest others in the comments. I know SFR is much more diverse than it is given credit for.

I left a comment and am cross-posting it here to help increase the chances of you being able to find more diverse reads:

Currently reading: Diane Burton's THE PROTECTOR, which has a heroine with brown skin (think: Asian)

One of my favorite reads this year is Lise MacTague's DEPTHS OF BLUE, which features lesbian heroines.

K.S. Augustin's SFR books *routinely* feature diverse characters.

Misa Buckley's TIN CAT, which features a heroine wheelchair user, is on my TBR list!
I've been blogging about diversity in SFR for the past 7 years! The books definitely exist – it's just a matter of knowing where to find them. Here are some TGE posts folks can explore to find diverse SFR titles:

We Need Diverse Books in Science Fiction Romance
Revisiting People of Color in Sci-Fi Romance
On the White Default in Sci-Fi Romance
Sci-Fi Romance and the White Default, Take Two
What Can SFR Offer To Readers With Disabilities?
A Place To Start: Casual Diversity
Sci-Fi Romances With People of Color?
In Search of…Handicapped Heroines

I've also covered a variety of individual SFR books in various posts, so feel free to contact me for recs: sfrgalaxy "at"

Joyfully yours,